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Shock with Renal Failure in Patients Due to Gram-negative Bacteria.

Jack L. Reddin, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(4):734. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-60-4-734_3
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Bacteremia due to gram-negative organisms can cause a spectrum of clinical manifestations of varying severity. Twenty-seven cases of this type of bacteremic shock complicated by renal insufficiency were selectively and personally studied over a 4-yr period. Further studies showed that hypotension and renal failure occurred in 42% of all the patients having bacteremia due to gram-negative organisms, with a resulting mortality rate of 63% having this combination.

A combination of malignancy, obstructive disease of the genitourinary or biliary tracts, or both was present in approximately 30% of the 27 cases. The mean age of these patients was 63 years and


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